Yay. Got approval for the green card. We bought plane tickets. We’ll land in Seattle on the 12th of January. πŸ˜€

… so much to do before then!

I expect the more likely explanation is that the US VPC has an office in France from which it sent the letter.

But then that means that it took "priority mail" three weeks to get from France to Iceland? 😣

I wonder if the package my coworkers sent me last week will arrive before we move out of the country. πŸ˜›

We finally received a (snail mail) letter from the U.S. Visa Processing Center that they're ready to move ahead with issuing the visa.

Thankfully, we received the same information in an e-mail THREE WEEKS AGO because the interview at the embassy is in 2 days. If we were just hearing about this now, there might not have been enough time to get everything ready.

The letter had French postage on it. Did someone in the U.S. think that is a city in France?

Fell asleep from 9:30pm-1:30am. So of course I now can’t get back to sleep and am listening to podcasts.

The latest ReplyAll is good but infuriating. 😣.

A very frustrating thing in software engineering is being asked to do a thing, then being told by systems/people that you don't have permission to do a thing. Then requesting permission, and having to battle with gatekeepers for permission to do the things you're being paid to do.

I think I'll aim for a smaller company next so that there are fewer road blocks to getting stuff done.

Just typo'd "pedantic" as "Pedantice" and I think I found my drag name.

Sitting in my little home office, reading some API documentation, when the cat comes and meows at the window. I open it enough for him to walk in, then scratch him behind his ears.

As he settles down for a nap on the chair beside me, I take a sip of my drink and return to work.

Sometimes "Life is good" vibes just hit you.

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Played with (via ) this week. I like the *idea* of a fully distributed social network, but the implementation has some problems.

It took 10+ minutes for the client to become available after an upgrade.

Disk management -- If I'm syncing append-only logs, my on-disk cache just grows without bounds.

Devices -- It only works from one device. So, since it's installed on my other laptop, I can't use it from this one (w/o creating a separate identity.)

& No mobile support?

Both my phone and my computer automatically set their clocks, but they are about 1.5 minutes apart. 😣

Since I work for a U.S.-based company, I had Thursday and Friday of last week off for Thanksgiving.

... So, of course, my body decided that was a perfect time to get sick. It started with a sore throat. Then, Saturday I was so exhausted I spent most of the day in bed.

Sunday, I thought I was feeling better... and then the sore throat moved into my lungs and became a cough.

Woke up a couple times last night to cough phlegm out of my lungs.

Dragging my zombie ass back to work this Monday. yay.

The main contradiction of liberal democracy is that it has largely been shaped through a history of various forms of illegal civil disobedience against entrenched power structures. Such civil disobedience is retrospectively seen as justified, and the people committing it are retrospectively seen as heroes. However, each successive generation is asked to believe that any further civil disobedience would be unreasonable.

when i load a web page ridden with trackers and adware that presents a broken and mutilated version of itself when deprived of javascript, i feel as though i am a carpenter who has just sat in a chair made by another only to have it crumble beneath me. i am ashamed of this craftsperson, of my craft, and of the profiteers who bind us to such crude and petty ways.

Was watching a video about the decline of Linux yesterday and one of the points the speaker made was along the lines of "Oh noes, where have all the neckbeards gone! We're all so well dressed and sociable."


That's the opposite of a problem. Making a thing accessible to more people so that you have a wide variety of types of people interested is an improvement.

Released v1.0.0 of my little library, Pipeliner.

It makes it easy to make data pipelines that do parallel processing.


Told coworkers I would miss a(n optional) meeting because I'd be helping to make dinner.

One was curious what was for dinner. I explained it was a pasta dish with a pepper cheese cream sauce and chicken. Sounds way fancier than it is. I made this to share the recipe for the sauce. :p

πŸ™„ Someone found that I lived in , and asked me whether now was the best time to come visit Iceland. Then seems to have gotten perturbed that I answered honestly instead of being an interactive tourist pamphlet / salesman for Iceland.

Sure, November is fine if you want to see Northern Lights, but it'll likely just be cloudy and you won't see any.

Summer is best, because 24 hours sun makes for lots of sightseeing hours, and is interesting to experience.

Winter is dark.

With the latest news, I have a renewed urge to get off of the platform. ... but that would be denying myself access to updates about real-world social events.

is a good replacement for "I want to post things to a stream for people to read and reply to".

But what about:
* Creating a group to socialize about a particular topic?
* Posting (private/public) events?
* Finding social/interest groups?

I've used Meetup.com for the last one but it's not nearly as popular here.

Me in 2010: gTalk turning my text smilies into pictures? Fuck off

Me in 2018: Emoji in every text message πŸ˜‡

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